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2015 Chicago Auto Show: 2016 Chevrolet Equinox (FAQ)

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What Is It?
The 2016 Chevrolet Equinox is a four-door, compact SUV, although its specific dimensions place it somewhere between the size of a traditional compact and a midsize SUV.

What's New About This Model?
There's revised front and rear styling and other freshened exterior detailing for the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox, along with a standard rearview camera, available blind-spot warning system and a variety of interior upgrades.

When Does It Go on Sale?
The 2016 Equinox will arrive at Chevrolet dealers in the fall.

How Much Does It Cost?
Chevrolet said it will detail pricing closer to the 2016 Equinox's showroom launch.

How Many Body Styles and Trim Levels Are There?
The Equinox is a four-door compact SUV available in L, LS, LT and LTZ trim levels.

What Kind of Engines and Transmissions Does It Have?
Standard power for the 2016 Equinox is a 2.4-liter four-cylinder that makes 182 horsepower and 172 pound-feet of torque. Driving the front wheels, this engine currently is EPA rated at 26 mpg combined (22 city/32 highway); four-cylinder models fitted with all-wheel drive deliver 23 mpg combined (20 city/29 highway).

Fairly unique among compact SUVs, the 2016 Equinox also offers an optional V6 engine that generates a muscular 301 hp and 272 lb-ft of torque, a particularly useful option for those who might have towing duties in mind. There's a price, though: With front-wheel drive, the V6 is rated at just 20 mpg combined (17/24), and all-wheel-drive Equinox models with the V6 drop to 19 mpg combined (16/23).

What Unique Features Does It Offer?
All 2016 Equinox models now sport projector-beam headlamps and a standard rearview camera. Chevy's upsized the standard touchscreen electronics interface to a full 7 inches, and a nifty new tablet-device holder mounts on the back of the front seats to free the hands of rear-seat passengers using the device.

What Kind of Standard and Optional Safety Equipment Is Offered?
Standard safety features for the 2016 Chevy Equinox include a rearview camera, antilock disc brakes, traction and stability control, front seat side-impact airbags and side curtain airbags. Also standard is GM's OnStar emergency communications system, which includes automatic crash notification, an emergency assistance button, remote door unlock and stolen-vehicle assistance.

Newly optional for the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox LT and LTZ are a blind-spot warning system and rear cross-traffic alert, and also available for those trims are forward-collision alert and lane-departure warning.

What Models Will It Compete Against?
Ford Escape: Delightful driving responses complement the Escape's equally entertaining range of turbocharged engines. Not everyone has found the love for the Escape's controversial Sync electronics control interface, though a new and vastly improved version is imminent.

Honda CR-V: Buyers chose the CR-V more than any other compact crossover last year, an indicator of how well Honda handles the blocking and tackling of what small crossovers need to do. A fuel-efficient engine and reasonable foul-weather capability combine with Honda's legendary reliability to make the CR-V a fine utility-vehicle investment.

Mazda CX-5: This is the driver's crossover. The CX-5 has a taut, responsive handling demeanor, sharp steering and an entertaining 2.5-liter four-cylinder. The CX-5 is packaged as well as any of its competitors, but its interior electronics feel behind-the-times and we wouldn't recommend the sorta wimpy 2.0-liter base engine unless fuel economy is your utmost priority.

Should You Wait for It?
The styling changes for the 2016 Chevrolet Equinox are modest, as are most of the feature upgrades, so unless there's something specific about the upgrades that you're looking for, the current model would suit you just as well.

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